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December 2, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Shame" is a dispassionate treatment of a disturbing topic, and therein lies its power. Sexually graphic enough to earn its NC-17 rating yet made with a restraint that's both unflinching and unnerving, this is a psychologically claustrophobic film that strips its characters bare literally and figuratively, leaving them, and us, nowhere to hide. Directed by Steve McQueen from a script he co-wrote with Abi Morgan, this story of the obsessive behavior of a man addicted to sexual activity demands an actor willing to completely reveal himself emotionally as well as physically.
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March 1, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Mark Olsen
The period drama "12 Years a Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. It won in all but two categories in which it was nominated. "I cannot tell you, as much as I thought the memoir and Solomon's words and work was special, I had no concept until I saw the movie for the first time," said the film's screenwriter, John Ridley, accepting the prize in that category as he referred to protagonist Solomon Northup.
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January 8, 2014 | By Susan King
The cinematographers of "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "The Grandmaster" and "Gravity" were among seven nominees announced Wednesday morning for the 27th American Society of Cinematographers Awards. "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Nebraska" and "Prisoners" also saw their cinematographers nominated. The ASC usually chooses five feature film nominees, but this year a three-way tie expanded the list to seven. All but two are previous ASC nominees. "Prisoners" marks the 12th nomination for Roger Deakins, who won the ASC Award last year for "Skyfall," and previously for "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001)
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January 8, 2014 | By Susan King
The cinematographers of "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "The Grandmaster" and "Gravity" were among seven nominees announced Wednesday morning for the 27th American Society of Cinematographers Awards. "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Nebraska" and "Prisoners" also saw their cinematographers nominated. The ASC usually chooses five feature film nominees, but this year a three-way tie expanded the list to seven. All but two are previous ASC nominees. "Prisoners" marks the 12th nomination for Roger Deakins, who won the ASC Award last year for "Skyfall," and previously for "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001)
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October 17, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
One of the most artfully composed scenes in Steve McQueen's new historical drama "12 Years a Slave" is also one of the most harrowing. (Warning: Minor plot details follow.) At the Envelope Screening Series , the British director and his cinematographer, Sean Bobbitt, discussed how they approached a pivotal scene in which Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped in the North and sold into slavery in the South, is punished by near-hanging after fighting back against an overseer.
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November 26, 2013 | By Times Staff Writers
The Steve McQueen period drama "12 Years A Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes, including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey won best female and male for, respectively, "Blue Jasmine" and "Dallas Buyers Club. " The following is a complete list of winners and nominees: Feature WINNER: '12 Years a Slave' 'All Is Lost' 'Frances Ha' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' 'Nebraska' Director Shane Carruth - 'Upstream Color' J.C. Chandor - 'All Is Lost' WINNER: Steve McQueen - '12 Years a Slave' Jeff Nichols - 'Mud' Alexander Payne - 'Nebraska' Screenplay Woody Allen - 'Blue Jasmine' Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater - 'Before Midnight' Nicole Holofcener - 'Enough Said' Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber - 'The Spectacular Now' WINNER: John Ridley - '12 Years a Slave' First Feature 'Blue Caprice' - Alexandre Moors - director/producer; Kim Jackson, Brian O'Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi - producer 'Concussion' - Stacie Passon - director; Rose Troche - producer WINNER: 'Fruitvale Station' - Ryan Coogler - director; Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker - producers 'Una Noche' - Lucy Mulloy - director - producer; Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago - producers 'Wadjda' - Haifaa...
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December 16, 2013 | By Times Staff Writers
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and Alphonso Cuaron's "Gravity" dominated the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s 19th Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations on Monday morning. "Slave" and "Hustle," which also tied for the most Golden Globe nods last week, received 13 Critics' Choice nominations each, while "Gravity" received 10 nominations. The following is a complete list of nominees: Picture "American Hustle" "Captain Phillips" "Dallas Buyers Club" "Gravity" "Her" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "Nebraska" "Saving Mr. Banks" "12 Years a Slave" "The Wolf of Wall Street" Actor Christian Bale -- "American Hustle" Bruce Dern -- "Nebraska" Chiwetel Ejiofor -- "12 Years a Slave" Tom Hanks -- "Captain Phillips" Matthew McConaughey -- "Dallas Buyers Club" Robert Redford -- "All Is Lost" Actress Cate Blanchett -- "Blue Jasmine" Sandra Bullock -- "Gravity" Judi Dench -- "Philomena" Brie Larson -- "Short Term 12" Meryl Streep -- "August: Osage County" Emma Thompson -- "Saving Mr. Banks" Supporting actor Barkhad Abdi -- "Captain Phillips" Daniel Bruhl -- "Rush" Bradley Cooper -- "American Hustle" Michael Fassbender -- "12 Years a Slave" James Gandolfini -- "Enough Said" Jared Leto -- "Dallas Buyers Club" Supporting actress Scarlett Johansson -- "Her" Jennifer Lawrence -- "American Hustle" Lupita Nyong'o -- "12 Years a Slave" Julia Roberts --...
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March 1, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Mark Olsen
The period drama "12 Years a Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. It won in all but two categories in which it was nominated. "I cannot tell you, as much as I thought the memoir and Solomon's words and work was special, I had no concept until I saw the movie for the first time," said the film's screenwriter, John Ridley, accepting the prize in that category as he referred to protagonist Solomon Northup.
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December 5, 2013 | By James Rocchi
To filmgoers, director Steve McQueen has had a busy five years, bursting onto the scene with 2008's "Hunger," following with "Shame" in 2011 and now this year's "12 Years a Slave. " Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt served as director of photography for all those films - and, as he can explain, his background with McQueen began long before the director leapt from the visual arts to feature filmmaking. "I've been very fortunate to have worked with Steve for 13 years now and started off doing his art installation work.
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October 15, 2013 | By Elena Howe
The seventh annual Envelope Screening Series opens Tuesday night with the acclaimed historical drama "12 Years a Slave" from director Steve McQueen. The film, based on the account of Solomon Northrup, a free black man in the pre-Civil War North who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Antebellum South, has connected with festival audiences and received a standing ovation from academy members at a screening on Sunday. Harrowing in its depiction of slavery, the film has been called by many awards watchers an Oscar front-runner for best picture.
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December 16, 2013 | By Times Staff Writers
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and Alphonso Cuaron's "Gravity" dominated the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s 19th Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations on Monday morning. "Slave" and "Hustle," which also tied for the most Golden Globe nods last week, received 13 Critics' Choice nominations each, while "Gravity" received 10 nominations. The following is a complete list of nominees: Picture "American Hustle" "Captain Phillips" "Dallas Buyers Club" "Gravity" "Her" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "Nebraska" "Saving Mr. Banks" "12 Years a Slave" "The Wolf of Wall Street" Actor Christian Bale -- "American Hustle" Bruce Dern -- "Nebraska" Chiwetel Ejiofor -- "12 Years a Slave" Tom Hanks -- "Captain Phillips" Matthew McConaughey -- "Dallas Buyers Club" Robert Redford -- "All Is Lost" Actress Cate Blanchett -- "Blue Jasmine" Sandra Bullock -- "Gravity" Judi Dench -- "Philomena" Brie Larson -- "Short Term 12" Meryl Streep -- "August: Osage County" Emma Thompson -- "Saving Mr. Banks" Supporting actor Barkhad Abdi -- "Captain Phillips" Daniel Bruhl -- "Rush" Bradley Cooper -- "American Hustle" Michael Fassbender -- "12 Years a Slave" James Gandolfini -- "Enough Said" Jared Leto -- "Dallas Buyers Club" Supporting actress Scarlett Johansson -- "Her" Jennifer Lawrence -- "American Hustle" Lupita Nyong'o -- "12 Years a Slave" Julia Roberts --...
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December 5, 2013 | By James Rocchi
To filmgoers, director Steve McQueen has had a busy five years, bursting onto the scene with 2008's "Hunger," following with "Shame" in 2011 and now this year's "12 Years a Slave. " Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt served as director of photography for all those films - and, as he can explain, his background with McQueen began long before the director leapt from the visual arts to feature filmmaking. "I've been very fortunate to have worked with Steve for 13 years now and started off doing his art installation work.
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November 26, 2013 | By Times Staff Writers
The Steve McQueen period drama "12 Years A Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes, including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey won best female and male for, respectively, "Blue Jasmine" and "Dallas Buyers Club. " The following is a complete list of winners and nominees: Feature WINNER: '12 Years a Slave' 'All Is Lost' 'Frances Ha' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' 'Nebraska' Director Shane Carruth - 'Upstream Color' J.C. Chandor - 'All Is Lost' WINNER: Steve McQueen - '12 Years a Slave' Jeff Nichols - 'Mud' Alexander Payne - 'Nebraska' Screenplay Woody Allen - 'Blue Jasmine' Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater - 'Before Midnight' Nicole Holofcener - 'Enough Said' Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber - 'The Spectacular Now' WINNER: John Ridley - '12 Years a Slave' First Feature 'Blue Caprice' - Alexandre Moors - director/producer; Kim Jackson, Brian O'Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi - producer 'Concussion' - Stacie Passon - director; Rose Troche - producer WINNER: 'Fruitvale Station' - Ryan Coogler - director; Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker - producers 'Una Noche' - Lucy Mulloy - director - producer; Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago - producers 'Wadjda' - Haifaa...
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October 21, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
In "12 Years a Slave," director Steve McQueen demonstrates both an eye for striking compositions and an unflinching gaze at scenes of stunning cruelty. There are abundant examples of the latter to be found in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped in the North in 1841 and sold into slavery in the South for a dozen years. At the Envelope Screening Series , McQueen and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt discussed their use of long takes to grab and hold the audience's attention, as in a searing whipping scene that lasts 10 minutes without a single edit.
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December 2, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Shame" is a dispassionate treatment of a disturbing topic, and therein lies its power. Sexually graphic enough to earn its NC-17 rating yet made with a restraint that's both unflinching and unnerving, this is a psychologically claustrophobic film that strips its characters bare literally and figuratively, leaving them, and us, nowhere to hide. Directed by Steve McQueen from a script he co-wrote with Abi Morgan, this story of the obsessive behavior of a man addicted to sexual activity demands an actor willing to completely reveal himself emotionally as well as physically.
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January 16, 2014 | By John Horn
Can anything stop “American Hustle” at the Academy Awards? David O. Russell's very loose retelling of the Abscam scandal clearly has collected the most momentum in the best-picture race. While “American Hustle” tied with the space thriller “Gravity” early Thursday with the most Oscar nominations, with 10 each, a closer reading of the selections shows that Russell's movie has broad and growing support among voters. At the same time, “12 Years a Slave,” which earned nine nominations, remains a strong contender for the best-picture trophy, but that same detailed examination of the nominations shows that filmmaker Steve McQueen's slave drama isn't enjoying the same deep love as “American Hustle” and “Gravity.” OSCARS: Live blog  |  Full coverage Voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated nine films for the top Oscar.
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